So, after 7 years, we are back in Japan.
These are the different lodging that we put up in over the course of the 9 days we were in Kyushu. We began our journey from Fukuoka city with a night at Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel.
We stayed for 2 nights in Nagasaki at the Hotel Monterey Nagasaki.
When we were in Kumamoto, our accommodation was with ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky.
We drove east wards and in Beppu, we put up in Beppu Kamenoi Hotel for 2 nights.
For our final 2 nights, we were back in Fukuoka city and we had Hotel Nikko Fukuoka to rest in.
All the rooms that we had stayed in were spacious, to say the least. There was enough room for us to move around and more importantly, for me to organise our luggage. The long baths in the restrooms meant that we could relax and have that much deserved soak after the many activities or long drives.
I usually leave the blog entry on food till the last but for this trip, I am going to begin with them. :)
Day 1: Food on board SQ 656 and back.
Day 2: Lunch at the restaurant at Yoshinogari Historical Park. Daddy had steak while C and I ate noodles.
Day 2: Dinner at Ichiran Canal City Hakata
Day 2: Supper
Day 3: Breakfast at St. Marc's Cafe in Fukuoka City
We wanted to head out early but realised almost all the cafes operate from 8 in the morning. So after a quite breakfast, we drove out to Kanagawa.
Day 3: Lunch at Manei-Do in Kanagawa.
Day 3: Dinner at Chinatown in Nagasaki.
This is the famous dish - Nagasaki Champon. They have it in dry and wet. We ordered both to try. The children went with ramen and finished up all of their noodles.
Day 4: Breakfast at Hotel Monterey Nagasaki.
A quick breakfast before we headed out for the day. The spread was relatively good and needless to say, the food was delicious. C's favourite was the potato salad.
Day 4:Lunch at Clover Garden Nagasaki.
A quaint cafe serving their local dishes: Turkish rice with pasta. We went for their curry rice and pork cutlet.
Day 5: Lunch at Kumamoto (Day 5)
It was located along a shopping street and one would easily miss it if not for the steaming hot buns just outside. The ramen here came highly recommended on Trip Advisor but we didn't know till we started eating.
The guide who was with us directed us to a shopping mall where we had our lunch at the foodcourt. We knew we were in trouble when we received our food - the serving was way too large for us to finish. We were definitely fooled by the people around us who managed to clean everything off their plates.
Day 5: Dinner at Toyotsune in Beppu
Day 6: Dinner at Beppu
Day 8: Lunch at Moby Dick in Marinoa City Fukuoka
Western food and again generous servings. How is it possible that the Japanese stay so slim despite eating so much?
Day 8: Dinner at Marinoa City.
I can't remember the name of the restaurant though. :( but Daddy commented that their pork cutlet was good.
Day 8: breakfast before heading out to pick mandarin oranges.
Day 8: Lunch at Tenjin Underground City malls
sashimi! Can't get enough of them actually!
Day 8: Dinner at Tonkotsu Ramen
The original plan was to just make an innocent trip to 7-eleven but some how we ended up here.
Maybe it was because we were on holiday and hence the jovial mood but in all honesty, the food that we had were delicious. Even the pre-packed meals in their convenience stores were good! While some meals were pricey, we also had our fair share of dining at their local eateries.
But again, who doesn't love Japanese food? :)